BY MARY HK CHOI, ATOM BOOKS, PAPERBACK £7.99, EBOOK £4.99
THIS is such a smart book. The writing is dense, quick and full of energy, even as our hero Pablo spirals into anxiety and debt denial.
Working nights in a Brooklyn bodega (the New York equivalent of a newsagent), he’s dropped out of college, quit talking to his mum properly and is trying to kill his terrors over the major credit card debt he’s managed to rack up.
Then popstar Leanna Smart walks in, and, just as snackobsessed as he is (have some sugar on hand, this book will make you hungry), they fall into something like love.
Mary HK Choi’s dialogue sparkles as the pair try to carve out space for themselves, while the Korean-American YA author nails the breathless, jittery dread that can envelop you as a result of spending too much time sucked into social media.
Her descriptions of crippling inertia when faced with having to decide your future are also bang on. If you’re trying to work out what to do next – whatever stage of life you’re at – you’ll race